Maps of the United Kingdom

Posted on December 3rd, 2018 - Fiona

With BREXIT upon us and uncertainly for the future of travel and trade I am thrilled to lay my hands on the perfect book all about the United Kingdom. Take a journey through England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales county by county with “Maps of the United Kingdom”. The beautiful illustrated pages make this book of maps perfect for young and old with highlights to impress. To find out more about this wonderful resource from Wide Eyed, part of the Quarto Kids Group, simply read on. There is also a chance to win your very own copy.

 

Maps of the United Kingdom

Explore more than 1000 highlights from the British Isles

Each region is broken down by county and highlights explored and illustrated on double page spreads. Discover the people that made our cities famous in history, the ancient castles, remarkable engineering as well as art, culture, food and natural resources that make each county special.

Pages from Maps of the United Kingdom

Pages from Maps of the United Kingdom

 

I headed straight for the Cornwall page expecting to see Land’s End, tin mines, pasties and the Eden Project. I wasn’t disappointed. However there is so much more stretching from 1771 with the man who invented the first steam powered vehicle to present day filming of Poldark, all in one double page spread.  Reading about other the other areas of the United Kingdom I am shocked at how little I really know about our wonderful country. There are so many more places in the UK that I now want to visit.

Video preview of Maps of the United Kingdom

Need to Know

Retail Price  £17.99
AuthorRachel Dixon
Illustrated by Livi Gosling
Format 

Hardback

112 Pages

Size: 10.079 in x 12.205 in / 256 mm x 310 mm

Age Range7+
ISBN9781786030252
PublisherWide-Eyed Editions Part of the Quarto Group
StockistsQuarto Online, Waterstones, Amazon, Books etc, Book Depository

 

Win your copy of Maps of the United Kingdom with Quarto Kids and Coombe Mill

If you fancy getting your hands on a copy of this wonderful resource of the UK and perhaps planning your 2019 staycation around it just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Maps of the United Kingdom

 

Disclosure.

We were sent our copy of  Maps of the United Kingdom for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Seeing Stars A guide to the Constellations

Posted on November 19th, 2018 - Fiona

We have the ultimate book for budding star gazers. Seeing Stars from Phaidon is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to know more about our solar system and the stars within it from a historical and artistic perspective. This is a chance to understand and spot the 88 constellations twinkling above us. Who discovered them, when and the story they tell. It is a beautiful book for age 7 to adult that is fascinating and a great reference point for those clear nights. Read on to discover more about Seeing Stars and for a chance to win a copy.

 

Seeing Stars A guide to the Constellations

Discover the pictures and stories in our night sky

Seeing Stars takes the reader back thousands of years to when people first began star gazing. Like a giant dot to dot game they joined groups of stars to form animals, gods and objects, these became the Constellations. Seeing Stars looks at each constellation in turn; with clear illustrations and maps the stories are brought to life along with details on when and where you can best see them. Everyone can be a budding astronomer with this book.

 

Pages from Seeing Stars

What we like

The book is easy to follow, clear and informative. Despite focusing on the history of the constellations there is also up to the minute advice on apps for your phone or websites to expand your learning.  Everyone will be able to spot a constellation they want to find, from a birth sign to a favourite animal.

Need to Know

Retail Price £17.95
Age Range7 upwards
book format

Jacketed hardcover

216 pages

203 x 229 mm

ISBN978 071487 7723
Author and illustratorSara Gillingham
PublisherPhaidon.com
Available from Phaidon online store, wordery,  book depository, Amazon 

 

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For your chance to win seeing Stars and l inspire your young enthusiast to look up and delight in the wonders of the cosmos simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

 

Seeing Stars A complete guide to the 88 constellations.

 

Disclosure

We were sent our copy of Seeing Stars for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Cornwall has some of the best Dark skies in the country and our copy can be found in the games room library for star gazing fun on holiday with us.  

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Let it glow. A Winter’s Walk

Posted on November 12th, 2018 - Fiona

Don’t you just love the quintessential image of Christmas? By this I mean the snow scenes, robin, toy shop window and twinkly lights? If you put aside the stress and hassle that can come with being a grown up at Christmas, and focus on the magic as seen through a child’s eye, Christmas is amazing. The wonderful folk at Quarto Kids through their Wide Eyed collection have an adorable book to read with youngsters this Christmas. Discover Let it Glow A Winter’s Walk and get your family excited for the nostalgia of Christmas this season. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy.

Let it Glow A Winter's Walk Book

Let it Glow – The Story Line

Follow a young boy on his evening journey home through a winter wonderland. See through his eyes all the magic of the season along the way. There are lit-up shop windows, carol singers’ candles, stars in the sky and finally a star on the tree. The story is told in verse with beautiful illustrations throughout. This is a truly magical telling of Christmas kids will love.

Let it Glow – The Clever Bit  

Real lights glow as you turn the pages. Through the clever peep holes in each page lights transform the landscape and bring the images to life.

Let it Glow Pages with and without lights

Let it glow pages with twinkle lights

 

A quick guide to Let it Glow. A Winter’s Walk on video 

Need to Know

Retail Price £14.99
Age Range  5+
Batteries includedFor replacement purposes batteries needed are 3* AG-13 button cell batteries (3*1v=4.5v)
Author Owen Gildersleeve
Publisher Wide-Eyed Editions part of the Quarto Kids Book Range
Stockists Amazon Waterstones, Depository, Books e.t.c.
Specification 
  • Format: Hardback, 24 Pages
  • Size: 11.969 in x 10.433 in / 304 mm x 265 mm
ISBN 9781786030306

 

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Let it Glow A Winter’s Walk Christmas Book

 

Disclosure

We were given our copy of Let it glow for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Our copy is available for our Christmas holiday guests to borrow from the Coombe Mill library.

 

 

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Giraffes in Scarves Colour Matching Game

Posted on October 29th, 2018 - Fiona

The clever folk at Orchard Toys have done it again! They have launched yet another game that is educational fun at pocket money prices. Mum’s and Dad’s will approve of the counting and colour matching practice, while kids will love the fun characters, bright designs and silliness of the giraffes they create as the games is played. Read on to discover more and how you could win your game of Giraffes in Scarves in time for Christmas.  

 

Giraffes in Scarves Game for Kids

How to play.

The game can be played with 2 to 6 players, the more the merrier. The object is to turn over cards based on the colour you throw on the dice, and build your giraffe from bottom up. Cards add to your giraffe’s neck with one, two or three scarves, but watch out a few trick cards have none. The aim of the game is to collect as many scarves as you can before you turn over your giraffe head. Once you have your head your giraffe can’t grow any further, however you still take a turn to try and find your opponent’s head and stop their giraffe growing too. Once everyone has a head the winner is the player with the most scarves.  

What we liked

This game is packed with all the usual Orchard Toys awesomeness. A careful blend of fun and education pitched perfectly for children aged 4 and over. Children will learn turn taking as well as colour matching and basic addition. All the time the learning is gentle and carefully sits alongside the funny giraffes forming before your eyes. The box and cards can all be wiped clean to play over and over again and all for just £7.75.

giraffes in Scarves game

Need to Know

Retail Price £7.75
Age Suitability4 – 7 years
Players2 – 6
Materials100& recycled board.
Contents
  • 24 neck cards
  • 6 head cards
  • 6 base boards
  • 1 colour dice
  • 1 instruction leaflet
Educational Benefits

Reinforces colour matching skills

Encourages counting

Promotes turn taking

StockistsOrchard Toys on line shop, Amazon 

 

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Giraffes in Scarves Game

Disclosure

We were sent our game of Giraffes in Scarves for the purpose of this review, however all opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 


Illuminatlas: Explore the world through colour lenses

Posted on October 22nd, 2018 - Fiona

Here at Coombe Mill we are big fans of the educational books from Wide Eyed Editions, part of the Quarto group. Nonfiction books for children have quite a job to do in drawing the reader away from the lure of Google. However, I may be old fashioned, but there is something special about a well illustrated book. The physical touch and feel is something Google can’t complete with. My kids may not always agree and would spend their life online given half a chance. I think our friends at Quarto understand what I am up against, and probably other parents too, and have introduced the 3rd book in an amazing “illumi” series Illuminatlas. Read on to discover what makes this book so different and inventive that even a hardened on line enthusiast will want to take a look. There is a chance to win your very own copy too.

 

illuminatlas

Illuminatlas through 3 different lenses

The magic of this colourful informative book is in the colour lens. Read about the history, geography and animals of the world then see them pop out before your eyes. Study the world region by region and let your eyes adjust to the highlights through the lens. The construction of each illustration is so effective and absorbing you become quite immersed in each scene bring in the text to life.  

3 lenses to view illuminatlas

The perfect Christmas gift

This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Let the quite discovery of this book take your child to a new level of understanding as the Christmas holidays unfold.

 

 

Need to Know

RSP £20.00
Age Range 9-11
Illustrated by  Carnovsky design studio
AuthorKate Davies
Format

Hardback

64 pages

284 x 346 x 16mm

Weight

864g

PublisherWide Eyed Editions, part of the Quarto Group
StockistsQuerto online, Wordery, Amazon, Blackwells
ISBN-139781786031686

 

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If you have a tween too into their on line activities you’d like to encourage into a good educational nonfiction book this could be the answer. Follow the instructions below for your chance to win a copy. Good luck to all taking part.

Illuminatlas

Disclosure

I was sent my copy of this atlas book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.